Common Poorwill

Last time I saw one of these I thought it was a piece of trash and approached quite brazenly, spooking it before I got a chance to snap some evidence. This time I saw it from a distance, snapped on the 300 mm, and approached with caution. Approached, approached, and approached until, unbelievably, I was within 6 ft or so! I don't know if my light was blinding or if it was overconfident in its camo, but it just sat there. Check out those whiskers!

  • lisascenic 6y


    You got it!

    (Is Briones officially open after dark, or do you have Special Knowledge?)
  • Ken-ichi Ueda 6y

    Yar! I think most EBRPD parks are technically open until 10pm. Not sure if they actually enforce that curfew, though.
  • Susan 6y

    Wow - neat shot! Hard to find these birds, they look so much like a pile of sticks and leaves. This is a beautiful photo, those feathers are amazing.
  • David A. Hofmann 6y

    Wow! Nice capture. I've had the same experience, spooking them off a trail before realizing they were there.
  • Richard Droker 6y

    Beautiful shot! I would think that on a substrate like gravel this guy would be perfectly camouflaged.
  • Jack Wolf 5y

    However you did it -- you really nailed this shot.

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Taken on October 25, 2009
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